Being a mum and probably to most mums is the best job in the world but it’s also the most demanding - my only respite is a 5 minute toilet break every morning whilst they eat their breakfast. I’ve learnt to multi-task - it’s amazing how I can smell toast burning, change a wet nappy and clear spilt drinks at the same as well as developing that important sixth sense of learning when it’s quiet there’s trouble brewing. Despite all this I wouldn’t change it for the world, but nevertheless and usually after 3 sleepless nights due to scary curtains and pretend aeroplanes at 3am I find myself in need of a serious MOT. So for Mother’s Day this year I’m checking myself in to Ace Beauty Clinic, Shenfield to restore my sanity.
Ace is owned by Sarah Norris – you may remember I did a feature on the men’s salon Menace a few weeks back, well keeping it in the family Sarah owns the sister branch a deluxe day spa in the heart of Shenfield. As soon as you walk in welcoming scents of far Eastern shores of Thailand, Bali and Polynesian Islands trick your brain and transfer you from the wet, grey weather to a place of pure warmth and relaxation. Sarah has over 16 years of experience in nearly every field of beauty and her fantastic managerial skills mean she’s employed 5 of the best beauty therapists in Essex. The salon is continuously updated with new innovative treatments such as Light Heat Energy hair removal and the display cabinets are bursting full of the latest products from exclusive salon brands such as Dermalogica and my personal favourite Elemis.
My biggest challenge was choosing a spa treatment as the choice was simply over-whelming, however after much consideration I decided on a full 2 hour pampering session designed for stress levels as mine are somewhat through the roof. My decision was definitely the right one as it was on offer (see details below) and I was going to be treated to a heavenly taster facial, body wrap and massage by the wonderful therapist Becky Homewood.
I was led into a darkened, candlelit room and asked to lie down on the soft heated towels which had a layer of foil on and what happened next can only be described as pure bliss. After the traditional Elemis ritual of a foot cleanse and detoxing body brush, my body was massaged with a warm Frangipani Monoi oil, this was followed by a gentle scrub of crushed coconut particles ridding my skin of any flakiness and dry patches, lastly my body was drenched with a layer of nurturing, warm milk and oat bath. I was wrapped up in the foil and whilst the combination of oils and milk soaked into my skin I was given an amazing facial. Every product used sent me into a sensory heaven with essential oils of awakening lime, relaxing lavender and rose. The thick creams felt hydrating, nourishing and soothing and as my jaw slackened, I drifted off into a comatose state of utter relaxation. To my disappointment I was woken by Becky to shower off the particles, but as she handed me soft heated towels and showed me the display of shower gels to use, I instantly cheered up (and regretted not bringing some discreet travel bottles)! The treatment finished off with a deep tissue body massage which rid my body of any anxiety and knots that hadn’t disappeared.
The best Mother’s Day presents which I keep are the handmade cards, tissue paper roses and notes, but this came a close second. Sometimes treatments can tap into your emotional and spiritual side and I admit I shed a private tear as all the stresses of the past year washed over me - I left on a floating cloud which stayed with me for the whole weekend - I owe Sarah and Becky a huge thank you as do my kids who have their de-stressed mum back.
Ace is offering this incredible treatment for only £50 until the end of April (usual price over £100)! If you’re short on time it can be taken as 3 separate appointments or as a 2hr treatment - call 01277 201200.
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